HPD: 72-year-old driver may have been speeding in deadly Maili crash
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One person was killed and another was seriously injured Friday night following a pedestrian crash in Maili, officials said.
The accident happened at around 6:40 p.m. on Farrington Highway at the Linakola Street intersection.
Police said a 29-year-old man was walking alongside a 19-year-old woman when they were hit by a Pontiac sedan heading west on Farrington Highway. The Pontiac was driven by a 72-year-old man.
According to the police investigation, the pedestrians were in a marked crosswalk. The crash caused the 29-year-old to land in the eastbound lane of the highway when he was subsequently hit by a Chevrolet MPVH driven by a 48-year-old male.
Tia Simmons, a registered nurse, was in the area and heard the crash when it happened. She says she ran over to the victims and immediately began performing CPR.
“There were two individuals in the middle of the road, so I assessed both of them,” said Simmons. “The girl seemed fine, she was coherent, but the boy, he was in rough shape.”
Emergency crews responded and took both pedestrians to a hospital. The man was listed in critical condition but later died at the hospital.
Speed may have been a factor for the sedan, police said, but alcohol was not. They added the driver of the Chevrolet was not speeding or under the influence.
Simmons hopes drivers will be more cautious in that area, which has a record of being a dangerous stretch of road.
“You know, people gotta slow down over here,” said an emotional Simmons. “On these roads especially, cause it’s already dark, you know."
The man killed in the accident has not yet been publicly identified.
This was Oahu’s third traffic-related fatality of the year compared to five this time last year.
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